It was a slow start for the Lady Raiders in their home
opener of the 2012-2013 season as Texas Tech struggled to get shots to fall
early, but eventually got rolling in its 20-point victory against Lipscomb on
Sunday inside the United Spirit Arena.
“We just had to keep shooting, because we knock it down in
practice,” Tech senior Christine Hyde, who finished the game with six points
and a team-best 10 rebounds, said. “We shoot the lights out in practice. So,
you know, when they’re like ‘well, I’m gonna’ stop
shooting’—no. Don’t stop shooting, keep shooting, because it’s gonna’ go down. You know what I mean? You get in the gym,
you practice every day. I can’t even tell you how much shooting we did in the
off season, so I was confident in every single one of them to shoot the ball.”
Tech head coach Kristy Curry credited the 61-41 win to the
simple fact of the team being able to get everyone on the floor involved in the
“Any time we
have fifteen assists, seven turn overs, two to one ratio, you’ve got to be
pleased,” Curry said. “I thought we did a great job of sharing the basketball
Unlike in the Lady Raiders (2-1) loss to the Lobos on
Thursday, Tech turned in a much better performance defensively causing havoc
for the Lady Bison.
Tech forced 23
turnovers, compared to the 21 against the Lobos, but the most notable stat was
what the Lady Raiders did with said turnovers.
In the loss to New Mexico, the Lady Raiders cashed in for 20
points off turnovers, while the Lobos had 20 as well, but against Lipscomb
(0-3), Tech scored 28 points off of turnovers while the Lady Bison only got
“I think, you
know, you can always control the defensive end in rebounding and that’s just
with great energy and great effort,” said Curry. “So, it was pleasing to see
that, I thought our hands were really active at great ball pressure, a lot of
good things defensively. Really thought they really worked well together on the
defensive end as well.”
Despite the Lady Raiders turning in a 20-point win, at
moments Lipscomb got close, but Tech was able to answer.
With five minutes left in the game, the Lady Bison were able
to cut the lead down to just 11, 47-36, but the Lady Raiders promptly extended
it back to a 17-point advantage thanks to the long-range shooting of senior
Smalls finished the game going 5-for-7 from the field and
4-for-6 from behind the arc to lead the team with 14 points and said shooting
from three-point range is all about confidence and everyone has that in her
when she steps behind the line.
“That’s just having confidence from my teammates,” she said.
“They’ve always put confidence in me and they are always telling me to shoot
it, especially from the coaching staff. And so, hitting those threes and came
back on defense, what happened we had a good possession; we had a steal coming
back down from Chynna. And, it’s like, those are the
kinds of things that no matter what it is, if I do a good assist or I do a good
pass or someone scores, our defense is gonna’ be
The 41 points the Lady Raiders gave up, mark the fewest
surrendered by Tech since holding Iowa State to that same amount in a 51-41
victory on February 12 in Lubbock, and with that in mind Curry said she is
pleased with this performance overall by her team.
“I thought it was consistently our best effort so far this
season,” she said, “and I think with great energy and great effort, on the
defensive end, it obviously carries over to great things on the offensive end.
I know we missed some shots, but I love the mentality that we were still
aggressive and kept shooting it and shared the ball like we did.”
The next game for the Lady Raiders is against the Southern
Utah Thunderbirds (1-1) at 6:00 here in Lubbock in the United Spirit Arena on